ECE Course Outline

ECE4751

Laser Theory and Applications (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
PHYS 2212
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Provides an introduction to the theory and applications of laser principles and related instrumentation. Emphasis is on the fundamental principles underlying laser action. Crosslisted with PHYS 4751.
Textbook(s)
O'Shea, Callen & Rhodes, Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications, Addison Wesley, 1978. ISBN 9780201055092 (required)

Topical Outline
Introduction

Properties of Laser light
     Wave motion
     Laws of Reflection and Refraction
     Monochromaticity
     Directionality and Brightness
     Interference and Coherence
     Polarization

Gaussian Beams

Introduction to Lasers
     Stimulated Emission
     Einstein Coefficients
     Lineshape
     Threshold and Steady State Conditions
     Two, Three, and Four Level Laser Systems

Laser Dynamics
     Q-switching and Mode-locking
     Saturable Absorbers and Amplifiers

Laser Examples
     Gas Lasers
     Excimer Lasers
     Doped Insulator Lasers
     Dye Lasers
     Semiconductor Lasers

Detection and Characterization of Optical Radiation
     Thermal Detectors
     Quantum Detectors
     Measurement Techniques

Optical Communication
     Fiber Optics
     Systems

Power Applications
     Beam Focussing
     Material Processing
     Scanning Systems

Holography